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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd (Aug. 1 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0143024566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143024569
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Frank Eloff and Laurence Waters, two doctors of different generations, different personalities, and opposing perspectives, are thrown together - sharing a room - when the younger, Laurence, joins the small medical team in a dilapidated hospital in a remote part of South Africa. Damon Galgut, award winning South African author, builds his intense and thought provoking novel around these two opposing characters, their different approaches to the challenges facing the hospital and its community, and, fundamentally, their contrasting beliefs of what is "good", moral and ethical. But, the author also goes beyond the personal level into a broader portrait of South Africa and its ongoing challenges and contradictions. The scenario, centred on a hospital in a remote part of the country and caught between past and present, is like an emblematic representation of a South African society that continues to struggles to build the new era while being incessantly drawn back into the lingering problems of the past.

Situated in the former capital of one of the apartheid-era "bantustans" (Homelands), the hospital appears to have since been forgotten by those in central government: everything is lacking including the patients. Villagers may not even realize that the hospital exists... Frank is going through a midlife crisis of sorts, "self-exiled", and resigned. And he feels stuck, "living in no man's land". And when the large shadows of a violent past come back to haunt him, Frank has to revisit his own behaviour, then and now. Laurence, by contrast, is the idealistic young medical volunteer, who believes he can change the world and pull the others along. His naiveté can be endearing but also dangerous when combined with his rigid moral convictions.
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Format: Paperback
Reading the other reviews I must agree that the writer is very vague about location and the characters are not very well developed. But it's very enjoyable nonetheless. It feels like, as the reader, you just walk in and get a snapshot of these people's lives for a short time. There isn't much of an introduction and there isn't much of an ending. And nobody really explains why you're there, where you are, etc. But what you do get to see and find out about the characters make for a nice book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Young on Feb. 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
Galgut is great at setting a mood and establishing a sense of place. But where this book falls apart is in the area of characterization. The people in this book do things and I wasn't sure why and to be honest, I didn't really care. I guess this is a writer of great promise - all the reviews said so - but to me, The Good Doctor was just something I did instead of watching tv for a couple of evenings.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Boychuk on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I actually ordered two copies of the book (one for myself and another as a Christmas gift)in great anticipation of a great read. I was very disappointed with the scope of the novel. The author fails on many accounts. First, the reader does not get a great sense of location - quite ambigously depicted. Also, one does not get the sense despite the title of "doctor" that the author knows much about medicine. The character is not well developed and really doesn't give "a damn" about them. I wonder how this novel even got nominated for the Booker????
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Houston on Feb. 13 2011
Format: Paperback
Fortunately I borrowed this book from the library. It looked promising; having read other books about southern African countries, I expected to learn more. I, like the two previous reviewers, was disappointed in the book, although I read it to the end, hoping to come across a redeeming factor, bringing it all together, and making it a worthwhile read. Instead, I finished the book with a feeling of hopelessness and despair for the community circumscribed by it. The narrator's character was hollow, cold and lacking in humanity, in my opinion, and I couldn't really get a clear picture of him. Laurence had potential but again was incomplete in his characterization. The politics were confusing, often I couldn't figure out who was black, who was white, who was the enemy, etc etc. I kept hoping each successive page would clear up my confusion, but alas, not to be. The storyline regarding Maria was incomplete and left me frustrated and sad, that I did not get to know more about her.
Having said all that, it did have some merits. That is, it had to have had, because it did make an impression on me; impressing upon me the tragedy that is the past, present and possibly the future of South Africa. Had I known the way the book ended, I probably would not have read the book. I read for entertainment, learning, and positive enlightenment,but did not gain any of these from "The Good Doctor"
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